I have never read a Christian themed fiction book before - and I am so thankful this is the first one I read! I'm definitely going to read more now. When Joe tells Jimmy that he never learned how to be a son, my jaw dropped. I was amazed at how powerful those few paragraphs were. If we all learned how to be children of God, we would totally surrender to His will. Thanks for a wonderful read!
What a great read! By the time I got to CH 3, I couldn't put the book down until I was finished. You get to know the charachters so well, that you have an investment in reading to the end to see how they turn out. A lot of great twists and surprises. Although the book is about a couple's journey with infertility, it is also about so much more. Anyone who has a dream that they feel God has not heard, or even ruined, will want to read this book. For me, the draw was the marriage relationship. So much in marriage is a choice, choosing to love, in spite of frustration, hardship, selfishmess, etc. There were no easy answers, but a great ending! Can't wait till Schalesky's next book comes out.
Marlo struggled with what Kinna and Jimmy Henley agonized over. One lesson learned by all, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways" (Isaiah 55:8)Marlo's characters ask the tough questions, "If God asked you to give up your dreams for Him, would you? What are you willing to give up, suffer or sacrifice to do God's will? Are you willing to follow His plan for your life and not your own?" These are just some of the great questions that Marlo brings up in this powerful, moving, and gut-wrenchingly honest story of two people chasing their dreams not thinking of what it cost in the end. These are people looking for that "happily ever after" here on earth, that God never promised us.Which brings up another question, "Can we be happy in this life?" Answer, yes, if we CHOSE TO BE!! We always have a choice. It's a choice of OUR will every time!"Love wasn't just a feeling. It wasn't a kiss on a doorstep or a dance under the streetlights. It was a life lived together, facing the good and the bad. It was laying down your life for another. It was sacrifice. It was taking a risk. It meant doing right even when it was hard."Marlo has walked in the shoes of her characters. She tells it like it is and doesn't hold back sharing the pain or the joys discovered in life's journey. Marlo reveals scripture in a unique way and exposes a few lies her characters believe as well. Scripture says the truth will set you "free." The author has her main characters struggle to do the right thing against some incredible odds. You will definitely want to read this story. It's one you will find yourself thinking about and later returning to it to review treasures found. Wow! You will just have to experience it for yourself. I highly recommend it!Book Club Servant Leaderwww.psalm516.blogspot.com